Council to consider exemptions to parking restrictions

City council will consider a series of tweaks to the way parking works in Prince George during this Monday night's regular meeting.

Among them is a rewording of the parking and traffic bylaw in regard to time restrictions. Staff is recommending the current reference to "cumulative" time be removed and add wording that the time starts from the first time a vehicle was parked in the block or zone.

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"These are concerns that routinely are part of disputes and clarifying them should result in less confusion," Bylaw Service Manager Fred Crittendon says in a report to council.

Motorists who park in one area of the downtown, then leave and come back after the three-hour time limit has passed by and park in another area can find tickets carrying a $50 fine on their windshields, adding confusion to the aggravation.

Council will also consider exempting a range of vehicles from the time limits - including those owned by people who live in residential areas where there is "heavy and chronic demand" for on-street parking.

Exemptions would also be given to the disabled and volunteers as well as to those driving government vehicles being used during work. And special permits would be issued to social agencies or health care providers who need to transport clients and patients to and from the downtown and other spots where a time limit is in place.

A permit would have to be obtained from the city to get the exemption.

A handful of presentations and reports will also be on the agenda, including a five-year economic development strategy for Prince George, an update on the City's multiple-family housing incentive program will be presented, an update on the 2020 Canadian Masters Badminton Championships, set for April 27-May 2 in Prince George, an "action plan" for the city's transit system and a summary of the this year's Talktober events

Council will be asked to approve bylaws to relinquish $2 million of unissued debt for four projects.

And Public hearings will be held on road-closure bylaws for Preston Road, 4759 Continental Way, 1357 PG Pulpmill Road and 1288 PG Pulpmill Road. Public hearings start at 7 p.m.

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